Knights nip Rockets by one point, claim region title
There are eight schools classified in Region 6A-AA Dual Wrestling and only two of the teams had wrestlers to fill enough weight classes to compete at the Region Tournament Friday night at Nolensville, the host Knights and the Forrest Rockets.
“We knew how we matched up with them, so mathematically we had it worked out,” Forrest coach Chris Slaughter said. “We took a gamble at the 120 and the 126 weight class and it would have paid off, but they took a gamble at 152 and got a win and the chips just fell the way they fell.”
The Knights won the meet by one point, holding on for dear life after building an early lead.
Nolensville jumped out to a huge 22-0 lead after the first four matches before Forrest junior Dillon Wade got the Rockets on the board, pinning Nolensville’s Austin Kring with 1:21 remaining in the first period.
Defending Class A/AA state champion Jeff Gross made it a 22-12 match when he pinned Ty Martin with 50 seconds left in the first round to remain undefeated on the season at 24-0.
Nolensville soared ahead 31-6 when Corbin Glass pinned Carson Blackwell, Michael Jadwin scored a major decision in a three-round thriller over Justin Leonard, and Gavin Channell came back to pin Bryton Spitzley, who was leading 8-4 when he took the fall with 33 seconds left in the match.
Forrest freshman Cole Geeting came up huge, tallying a first-round pin over Alex Rhodes in the 160-pound weight class and Wes McCoy was awarded a forfeit at 170 to make 37-24.
Forrest’s Noah Hill, coming off a first place finish at the MTWOA Grand Championships for junior varsity and freshman at McGavock High School on January 20, followed with a first-round fall over Marco Ibrahim in the 182-pound weight class to slice the Knights’ lead to 37-30.
It was up to Forrest senior Drew Carlisle, who could tie the match with a pin over McKinley Wagner in the 195-pound weight class.
Carlisle, who came into the match a combined 20-3 in both the 220-pound and 195-pound weight classes on the season, tried his best to pin Wagner, but the Knights’ sophomore held out as Carlisle won three points on a 5-2 decision to make it 37-33.
In a stroke of irony, Cody Donnelly took on Nolensville junior Jake Abrigo in the 220-pound weight class and the final match of the night.
Abrigo, a former Forrest student and youngest brother of former Rocket wrestling great Morgan Abrigo found himself in a major tussle with Donnelly, who bloodied Abrigo’s nose in the first round.
Donnelly needed either a pin or a technical fall over Abrigo to secure the region title.
Donnelly took a 5-0 lead in the first round and it looked like Forrest would get the win on a pin at the end of the round when Donnelly had Abrigo in precarious position before the Nolensville grappler was saved by the bell.
Donnelly held a 7-2 lead after the second round and eventually won 10-4, but it was not enough as the three-point victory left the Rockets one short and the Knights qualified for next week’s TSSAA State Dual Wrestling Tournament in Franklin.
“He needed either the tech fall or the pin fall but he just came up short,” Slaughter said. “He worked his tail off, but in the end he just couldn’t get it.”
The Rockets travel to Sequatchie County on February 9 and 10 to wrestle in the Region 3A-AA Individual Tournament, competing in a region tournament for the first time with the likes of East Ridge, Red Bank, Sequatchie County, Signal Mountain, Nolensville, and familiar foe Eagleville.
“That is a tough group out there, but overall I think we can do fairly well,” Slaughter said.
Forrest had six grapplers qualify for the state individual wrestling tournament last year with Gross winning Forrest’s second state championship.
“We will go back to the basics,” Slaughter said. “We are going to give them a few days off to let this hurt sink in and then we will go back to work.”
Region 6A-AA Duals Tournament Results
Nolensville High School
Friday, January 25
285-Pounds: Jacob Miller (Nolensville High School) over James Ozburn (Forrest), (Fall 1:18), 0-6.
106: Riley Lippincott (Nolensville High School) over Braiden Vanderploeg (Forrest), (MD 11-3), 0-10.
113: Max Dansereah (Nolensville High School) over Forest Ozburn (Forrest), (Fall 0:34), 0-16.
120: Jacob Vogelpohl (Nolensville High School), forfeit, 0-22.
126: Dillon Wade (Forrest) over Austin Kring (Nolensville High School), (Fall 1:39), 6-16.
132: Jeffrey Gross (Forrest) over Ty Martin (Nolensville High School), (Fall 1:11), 12-22.
138: Corbin Glass (Nolensville High School) over Carson Blackwell (Forrest), (Fall 0:34), 6-28.
145: Michael Jadwin (Nolensville High School) over Justin Leonard (Forrest), (Dec 8-7), 6-31.
152: Gavin Channell (Nolensville High School) over Bryton Spitzley (Forrest), (Fall 5:27), 12-37.
160: Cole Geeting (Forrest) over Alex Rhodes (Nolensville High School), (Fall 1:53), 18-37.
170: Wesley McCoy (Forrest), forfeit, 24-37.
182: Noah Hill (Forrest) over Marco Ibrahim (Nolensville High School), (Fall 0:43), 30-37
195: Andrew Carlisle (Forrest) over McKinley Wagner (Nolensville High School), (Dec 5-2), 33-37.
220: Cody Donnelly (Forrest) over Jake Abrigo (Nolensville High School), (Dec 10-4), 36-37.
MTWOA Grand Championships 2018
McGavock High School
January 20, 2018
JV285-Pounds: Champ. Round 1 - Sam Williams (Forrest) received a bye.
JV285: Quarterfinals - Donavan Williams (Oakland) over Sam Williams (Forrest), (Fall 1:53).
Cons. Round 3: Sam Williams (Forrest) over Jastin Jackson (Franklin) (Fall 1:58).
Cons. Semis: Josiah Everett (Antioch) over Sam Williams (Forrest) (Fall 0:28).
Freshman 170: Champ. Round 1 - Noah Hill (Forrest) over Trevin Adkins (Clarksville) (Fall 1:53).
F170: Quarterfinals - Noah Hill (Forrest) over Donovan Rich (Beech Senior) (Fall 4:32).
F170: Semifinals - Noah Hill (Forrest) over Justin Bornot (Father Ryan) (Fall 1:03).
F170: 1st Place Match - Noah Hill (Forrest) over Seth Wright (Page) (Fall 1:00).
F132: Champ. Round 1 - Hunter Pendley (Forrest) over Aaron Tobin (Siegel) (Fall 1:27).
F132: Quarterfinals - Christopher Payne (Wilson Central) over Hunter Pendley (Forrest) (Fall 1:40).
F132: Cons. Round 2 - Hunter Pendley (Forrest) over Rex Nunley (Tullahoma) (Fall 1:50).
F132: Cons. Round 3 - Hunter Pendley (Forrest) over Eddie Souksangouone (LaVergne) (Fall 1:47).
F132A: Cons. Semis - Hunter Pendley (Forrest) over Adam Garcia (Page) (MD 11-0).
F132A: 3rd Place Match - Mark Helser (Sycamore) over Hunter Pendley (Forrest) (RULE).
JV106: Champ. Round 1 - Braiden Vanderploeg (Forrest) received a bye.
JV106: Quarterfinals - Hector Gonzalez-Silva (Lawrence Co.) over Braiden Vanderploeg (Forrest) (Fall 1:34).
JV106: Cons. Round 2 - Braiden Vanderploeg (Forrest) received a bye.
JV106: Cons. Round 3 - Jackson Whitlow (Harpeth) over Braiden Vanderploeg (Forrest) (TF 15-0 4:29).
JV106: Champ. Round 1 - Forest Ozburn (Forrest) received a bye.
JV106: Quarterfinals - Zach Flores (Battle Ground Academy) over Forest Ozburn (Forrest) (Dec 15-13).
JV106: Cons. Round 2 - Forest Ozburn (Forrest) received a bye.
JV106: Cons. Round 3 - Joshua Rivers-McCullough (Northwest) over Forest Ozburn (Forrest) (Fall 0:26).